Friday, 23 September 2011

Message From St Tropez: A Question Of Time

I am posting a bit late today because time here, in Saint Tropez, seems to be different and it is starting to get to me. My Internet connection is very slow so no pictures. Sorry.

Everything is much slower here.


Really slower.

Or, as time is relative, maybe it's me. I have become too accustomed to a fast-paced world and I am feeling a bit lost now.

First of all, most shops are closed between 12.00am and 2.00pm. Time to have lunch and a quick nap. I had forgotten that it was like that here.

Then, I have asked for a couple of quotes for my business. I am looking for a local gardener to take care of a few trees and plants in front
of our offices. Some companies came to see it and promised me that they would come back to me with a price. It has been a week and I am still waiting.


Finally, there is my insurance company. I have sent an email to my usual contact there, only to receive an out-of-office reply, saying, in substance (and in french):
" I will me on Annual Leave from 31st of July to 15th of September.". No apologies, no "Thank you for your email" (I think that I miss London).
Please note that we are the 23rd and she doesn't seem to be back. Go figure. It looks like France doesn't only stop in August now. things have changed and I am out of touch!

To make matters even worse, one of the waiters in the restaurant started talking to me in English. It is official: I am not French any more.

The good news is that anyone who has even a very limited notion of customer service can make a fortune here.

The bad news is that I can't stand this attitude any more. I used to live and work here. I probably used to do the same. Somehow I have changed!

So, for me, it is : back to London. Pronto!

9 comments:

  1. Does this "revisit" affirm your decision to live in London or does it add to a feeling of displacement?

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  2. That is how I feel whenever I go to a southern state like Georgia or South Carolina. They are so slow there. No one rushes you could be in a restaurant for hours. It kind of drives me crazy but it is a nice change sometimes.

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  3. Is it a good place to go if you want to "get away from it all?"

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  4. @ hocam - I think that I am much happier in London. It is weird. St Tropez is a beautiful place, but I feel so much better in London...

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  5. @ Jennifer - I suppose that it is OK for a while, but I am happy to be back...

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  6. @ Thom - I don't know. It is a nice place. But it reminds me of my dysfunctional family. I am much happier in rainy London!

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  7. Reminds me of my 'transitional' phase from living in the city to the country...maybe you are more English these days than you realise...nothing wrong with remembering your roots, but moving on with life...just be happy wherever you are.

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  8. thank you for the lovely welcome! it was so nice to find your comment waiting for me! :D you have such a great blog !

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  9. I had just such a culture shock when I moved from California to Alabama. I realized there was no going back, so I adjusted. Forty + years later, I am at home and love it here.

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